Board of Directors

  • Robert L. Van Nostrand
    Van Nostrand

    Robert L. Van Nostrand is a consultant who has served as Chairman since October 2013 and as a director since October 2006. From January 2010 to July 2010, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Aureon Laboratories, Inc. From July 2007 until September 2008, Mr. Van Nostrand served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of AGI Dermatics, Inc. Mr. Van Nostrand was with OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 1986 to 2007, serving as senior vice president and chief compliance officer from May 2005 until July 2007, and as the vice president and chief financial officer from 1996 through 2005. Prior to joining OSI, Mr. Van Nostrand was in a managerial position with Touche Ross & Co. (currently Deloitte and Touche). Mr. Van Nostrand serves on the board of directors and is chairman of the audit committee and a member of the compensation committee of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (since 2007), serves on the board of directors and is chairman of the audit committee of Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (since January 2014), serves on the board of directors of the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY) (since 2011), and served on the board of directors and as chair of the audit committee of Apex Bioventures, Inc. from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Van Nostrand received a B.S. in Accounting from Long Island University, New York, completed advanced management studies at the Wharton School, and he is a Certified Public Accountant.

    Independent Director
    Chairman of the Board

  • Richard W. Hamilton, Ph.D.

    Richard W. Hamilton, Ph.D. became a Director of the company in March 2017. From 2002 to 2016, Dr. Hamilton served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors at Ceres, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology company that developed and marketed seeds and traits to produce crops for animal feed, sugar and other markets. From 1998 to 2002, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Ceres. In 2016, Ceres was acquired by Land O'Lakes. In addition to his leadership role at Ceres, Dr. Hamilton has sat on the Keck Graduate Institute Advisory Council and he was a founding member of the Council for Sustainable Biomass Production. He has served on the U.S. Department of Energy's Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and has been active in the Biotechnology Industry Organization where he has served as Vice Chairman of the organization, chaired its Food and Agriculture Governing Board and served in other leadership roles. From 1996 to 1998, Dr. Hamilton was a Principal at Oxford Bioscience Partners, one of the leading investors in the genomics field and a founder of Ceres. He was an Associate at Boston-based MVP Ventures from 1993 to1996. From 1990 to 1992, he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hamilton holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in biology from St. Lawrence University.

    Independent Director

  • Peter Kellogg

    Peter N. Kellogg has served as a director of Yield10 Bioscience since March 2007. He was named Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Strategy Officer of Celgene Corporation in August 2018, and had previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Celgene Corporation since August 2014. Previously, Mr. Kellogg was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Merck & Co. Inc. since August 2007. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Kellogg served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance (since 2003) at Biogen Idec Inc. and the former Biogen, Inc. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President, PepsiCo E-Commerce at PepsiCo Inc. from March to July 2000 and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Frito-Lay International, from March 1998 to March 2000. From 1987 to 1998, he served in a variety of senior financial, international and general management positions at PepsiCo and the Pepsi-Cola International, Pepsi- Cola North America, and Frito-Lay International divisions. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Mr. Kellogg was a senior consultant with Arthur Andersen & Co. and Booz Allen & Hamilton. He received a BSE from Princeton University in 1978 and an MBA from The Wharton School in 1982.

    Independent Director

  • Dr. Oliver P. Peoples, Ph.D.
    Chief Executive Officer, Director

    Oliver P. Peoples, Ph.D. was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Metabolix in October 2016 in conjunction with the transition to Yield10 Bioscience as the Company's core business. Dr. Peoples was a co-founder of Metabolix and served as our Chief Scientific Officer from January 2000 until October 2016, and was previously our Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. Peoples has served as a director since June 1992. Prior to founding Metabolix, Dr. Peoples was a research scientist with the Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he emerged as a pioneer of the new field of metabolic pathway engineering and its applications in industrial biotechnology. The research carried out by Dr. Peoples at MIT established the fundamental tools and methods for engineering bacteria and plants to produce Mirel biopolymers. Dr. Peoples has published numerous peer reviewed academic papers and is an inventor of over 90 patents and patent applications worldwide. Dr. Peoples received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland..


  • Joseph Shaulson

    Joseph Shaulson has served as a Director since December 2013. He also served previously as our President and Chief Executive Officer from January 2014 through October 2016. Mr. Shaulson came to Metabolix with nearly 20 years of experience as a senior executive with mid-sized specialty chemicals and advanced materials companies and as a corporate lawyer specializing in corporate development and corporate finance transactions. Mr. Shaulson was previously Executive Vice President of Arch Chemicals with responsibility for a variety of global businesses, including Personal Care and Industrial Biocides, Wood Protection, Performance Products and Industrial Coatings. He also led Arch's strategic planning and corporate development functions when he joined the company as Vice President, Strategic Development in 2008. Prior to Arch, Mr. Shaulson served in various leadership positions at Hexcel Corporation, an advanced composites company, including President of the Reinforcements Business Unit. Prior to Hexcel, Mr. Shaulson served as a corporate associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Mr. Shaulson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School..

  • Professor Anthony J. Sinskey, Sc.D.

    Anthony J. Sinskey, Sc.D., a co-founder of Metabolix, has served as a director since June 1992. From 1968 to present, Dr. Sinskey has been on the faculty of MIT. Currently at MIT, he serves as professor of microbiology in the Department of Biology and professor of health sciences and technology in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program Engineering Systems Division, as well as faculty director of the Center for Biomedical Innovation. Dr. Sinskey serves on the board of directors of Tepha, Inc. (see "Certain Relationships and Related Person Transactions"). Dr. Sinskey received a B.S. from the University of Illinois and a Sc.D. from MIT.

    Independent Director